• Keith Banner

It's Summertime Here And Then It's Not

everyday is your birthday

and then it's not

try really hard

and see what you get,

dolled up and waiting inside a shed

or suddenly mistaken for someone else

in the middle of something else

a vacation you went on in 1982 that swimming pool

that cornfield

summer gets you going but slows you down too

and the grass mowed half-assed

whenever you feel like this you realize it's time to go

whenever you need to know something about yourself you go for a long walk

and listen to yourself count the same number over and over

which isn't really counting

it's just repeating the same number


you smell that smell of dryer-sheets floating on the wind

afraid you might trip

on a crooked piece of sidewalk

it's summertime here

and then it's not

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